To mark The Billings Gazette's 125th anniversary, we look back at news on this date from earlier editions of The Gazette and the frontier publications that merged to form the newspaper.
On Feb. 16:
In 1912: “Indians of the Crow reservation are completing preparations for a big jollification, which will be held at Pryor. It will start next Tuesday evening and will continue for several days.”
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In 1938: “The American Legion's first Hindu mud match at the West theater Tuesday night ended with a splash as Hillbilly Cy Burns slipped to a win over Bob Brown. The bout at times resembled a Mac Sennett slapstick comedy more than a wrestling bout as both grapplers and the referee plopped in the slimy, mudded ring.”
In 1986: “After more than four years of studying sulfur dioxide pollution in Billings, the state Air Quality Bureau has abandoned the study and will begin devising rules for clean air enforcement. ... The bureau's decision drew 'qualified approval' from the Citizens Council.”